Result
1st Test (D/N), Auckland, Mar 22-26 2018, England tour of Australia and New Zealand
(126.1 ov)
58 & 320
427/8d
New Zealand won by an innings and 49 runs
Player Of The Match
New Zealand
1y
• The Report by Nikhil Kalro

Rain ruins second day after Williamson's record century

New Zealand's best Test batsman Kane Williamson brightened up a gloomy day in Auckland with his 18th Test hundred, passing Martin Crowe and Ross Taylor to become the country's leading century-maker

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Scorer: @Cricket_Lama
Commentator: Varun Shetty
Scorecard summary
England58(20.4 overs)1st Innings
Trent Boult6/32(10.4)
Tim Southee4/25(10)
New Zealand427/8d(141 overs)1st Innings
England320(126.1 overs)2nd Innings
Ben Stokes66 (188)
Todd Astle3/39(16.1)
Trent Boult3/67(27)

8:19pm England's form in their last 12 away Tests is disappointing reading at the moment: LDLLLLLLLDLL.
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Caleb: "You can talk up bowlers like Boult, Starc, Anderson, Hazlewood and Rabada, but really is there a more determined, big hearted bowler than Neil Wagner. He never gets to bowl at the times that are great for fast bowling, but he is still very much a match winner. An average of 27 for the time of the innings he bowls is absolutely outstanding, fantastic bowler!" --- Yes, superb. Our stats man Shiva Jayaraman tells me that since Wagner's debut no bowler has taken more wickets in Tests off short balls than Wagner himself: Wagner - 39, Rabada - 24, Morkel - 21

GBA: "This is shaping up to be the most perfectly timed declaration in cricket history!* Innings defeat by a handful of runs with just a handful of remaining overs! * - yes, there are probably closer declaration based innings defeats, please excuse my hyperbole."

Trishank Sharma: "Wagner once again played a crucial role in this innings, still remember how well he fared against India when they last visited NZ, certainly a good left arm fast bowler in tests and the effort that he put in today was commendable"

Brad Bainbridge: "its Monday here, but I will have a beer still. Thanks cricinfo, great service as always- even the politics around who-lives-where-in-Auckland and their weather forecasts."

Dickson: "That is a famous victory for us tonight, correcting the result from 5 years ago. Incredible efforts from all NZ bowlers, backed by some very resolute batting from Williamson and Nicholls. Bring on the second test!"

Jimmy: "Just glad it was a time stamp without the word Draw in it. The weather certainly was a excitement factor."

Williamson: It was a fantastic performance from us. If we go back to that first innings, we bowled great lengths and also got lucky to find the edges. They fought really hard but it was great we were able to fight the pressure and come through. [On the declaration strategy] At the end of the day, you have to execute after making your choice. All our partnerships were slow-going but in the end they added up for this win. We knew we wanted to come out and play the long game. We didn't wanna get ahead of ourselves. We knew we had an old ball. We tried to build pressure and then a couple went our way. It was great to come out in the last session and do it in front of this crowd. Toddy bowled brilliantly, the wicket took a bit of turn. He had to bide his time but with the pink ball you had to measure what it would do. He was patient and when he got his chance he took it.

Root: Yeah we weren't good enough [on day one]. We have to learn some lessons quickly. It's difficult to single any one things out, we didn't deal with the swing and seam very well. I thought the character of the dressing room today were fantastic. I thought today was a great exhibition of the guys determination of playing for the country. Finger's fine and I should be fine to play next game.

Trent Boult is the Man of the Match

Wagner: I don't know [how many overs on the trot] but it's a very special feeling. We knew we were going to have to take it deep. Tried to get the game into the night but it wasn't doing too much. The boys stuck it out though. The catching was great - with the amount of training we've been doing under lights catching the pink ball. Lot of variables with the pink ball, but we are accustomed to it. you summon your strength for the team and the country, and I'm happy.

7:57pm, Day 5 Did you think we would get to this timestamp on Thursday afternoon? Annoying as it might have been, the rain brought dimensions to this game we might not have witnessed otherwise. Some fantastic cricket from England during the final phase of this game - they batted 126 overs and came really really close. But it was a reality check in the end. You don't get results in your favour if you're bowled out for 58. And you don't get an easy draw when Neil Wagner's running in at you on the final day. Some top efforts from both sides, but this moment belongs to Wagner who got three out of England's four half-centurions.

126.1
w
Astle to Anderson, OUT
chips it straight to mid-off! That's the victory! Todd Astle's chucked one up full and wide outside off. Anderson, known in some parts as the Burnley Lara, doesn't go through with his big cover drive after getting in good position for it. Checks his shot, finds the fielder
JM Anderson c Boult b Astle 1 (5m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 20.00
end of over 1261 runs • 1 wicket
ENG: 320/9CRR: 2.53 
James Anderson1 (4)
Stuart Broad1 (19)
Neil Wagner32-11-77-3
Todd Astle16-5-39-2

Anshit Agrawal: "12th over in a spell for a fast bowler who is running in hard and trying to bowl bouncers half of the them... commendable!!"

125.6
1
Wagner to Anderson, 1 run
good length at leg stump, hangs the bat out and gets this down to fine leg off the inside half
125.5
Wagner to Anderson, no run
short of a length at off stump, defended off the back foot
125.4
Wagner to Anderson, no run
short one at off stump, nicely behind this to drop it in front of silly point with soft hands
125.3
Wagner to Anderson, no run
is there glove there? No says the umpire. New Zealand won't review. This fizzes past his chest as he fends at it
125.2
w
Wagner to Woakes, OUT
has he got him? Yes he has! Wagner has Woakes fending. That's an unplayable bouncer. Headed straight for his face and he has no way to get out of the way. Jabs at it with his feet off the ground. Gets it on the gloves and it lobs up for short leg to take a simple catch to his right. Simply incredible from Wagner to get that sort of lift in his 12th over of the spell, break in the middle or not. He screams as he sprints away in celebration and is promptly mobbed. What an effort
CR Woakes c Nicholls b Wagner 52 (164m 118b 8x4 0x6) SR: 44.06
125.1
Wagner to Woakes, no run
bounce across the corridor. Thinks of the upper cut and withdraws
end of over 1251 runs
ENG: 319/8CRR: 2.55 
Stuart Broad1 (19)
Chris Woakes52 (116)
Todd Astle16-5-39-2
Neil Wagner31-11-76-2
124.6
Astle to Broad, no run
beaten again as he brings the bat down late on this full ball outside off. Jams the bat into his pad and Watling fumbles it as well
124.5
Astle to Broad, no run
full on leg stump, raps him on the front pad as he looks to defend. Appeal's turned down, that's probably going down
124.4
Astle to Broad, no run
beaten on the outside edge. This slides on from a length outside off and draws him into the forward defence

Four men close-in, two on either side, in front and behind the wicket

124.3
1
Astle to Woakes, 1 run
flat full toss at leg stump, stabbed to mid-on and a quick call for the run
124.2
Astle to Woakes, no run
length at off stump, spinning away. Left alone
124.1
Astle to Woakes, no run
good length at off stump, defended on the front foot

Astle to continue

end of over 1241 runs
ENG: 318/8CRR: 2.56 
Stuart Broad1 (16)
Chris Woakes51 (113)
Neil Wagner31-11-76-2
Todd Astle15-5-38-2
123.6
Wagner to Broad, no run
short ball just outside leg stump, shows his stumps as he leaves
123.5
Wagner to Broad, no run
short ball at middle stump, defended off the back foot

Wagner around the wicket. Two slips and a gully, silly point, short leg, leg gully

123.4
1
Wagner to Woakes, 1 run
short ball on leg stump, short-arm pull timed perfectly. Finds deep backward square. Broad didn't want that run it appeared, but he made it

Sandeep: "Bring on Boult. Two Toe Crushing Yorkers is all they need to win. "

123.3
Wagner to Woakes, no run
short of a length and slanted across off stump, left alone

Fine leg's come all the way across to silly point

123.2
Wagner to Woakes, no run
bouncer at off stump, gets his head out of the way and leaves
Best performances - batsmen
HM Nicholls
145 runs (268)
18 fours
0 sixes
Control87%
Productive shot
flick
29 runs
2 fours
0 sixes
229141436111524
KS Williamson
102 runs (220)
11 fours
1 sixes
Control90%
Productive shot
cover drive
28 runs
4 fours
0 sixes
96169334169
Best performances - bowlers
TA Boult
O
10.4
M
3
R
32
W
6
Eco
3.00
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W1W
2W
TG Southee
O
10
M
3
R
25
W
4
Eco
2.50
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
1W1W
Match details
Eden Park, Auckland
TossNew Zealand , elected to field first
SeriesEngland tour of Australia and New Zealand
Player Of The Match
Trent Boult
Series resultNew Zealand led the 2-match series 1-0
Match numberTest no. 2299
Season2017/18
Hours of play (local time)14.00 start, Tea 16.00-16.20, Dinner 18.20-19.00, Close 21.00
Match days22,23,24,25,26 March 2018 - day/night match (5-day match)
Umpires
Bruce Oxenford
Paul Reiffel
TV Umpire
Marais Erasmus
Reserve Umpire
Wayne Knights
Match Referee
Sir Richie Richardson